If a good portion of your life has been about drug and alcohol use, you may be realizing that you need help sooner than later. You know that you simply cannot go on using the way you have been without falling deeper and deeper into drug use. However, you may also not be too sure of what happens when you enter into a recovery center, and you don’t even know what the protocol is to get into one.
Drug and alcohol addiction is no joke, and anyone suffering from this disease should get help as soon as possible. Keep reading to learn more about recovery centers and how they can help a person break free from the terrible pull of drugs and alcohol.
Drug Abuse and Homelessness
In 2017 alone, about 554,000 people were homeless throughout the United States. Every year that number increases, especially in younger adults. Tragically, addiction and homelessness often go together. Substance abuse often causes a person to become homeless, and being homeless can cause a person to turn to drugs and alcohol. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, about 36% of the homeless are addicted to some type of drug while about 26% are addicted to alcohol.
Addiction is very often the result of being homeless. With so many difficulties on the street, such as struggling to find food and necessities, many homeless men and women turn to illegal drugs or alcohol to dull the suffering. Lack of shelter, love, and the constant threat of violence can also cause a person to develop psychiatric conditions. On the opposite end, many people find themselves homeless due to their drug use. They get kicked out of their homes and find themselves struggling on the streets.
Getting Into a Recovery Center
When a person is homeless, they may or may not have an address to use for correspondence. Some addicts are able to use the address of a family member or friend while they live on the streets or couch-surf, but this isn’t the case for everyone. They may believe that they cannot get into a rehab facility because they do not have a permanent address to supply. Luckily, this fact should not deter them from securing a spot and getting clean.
When a homeless individual decides that it is time to get serious about their drug or alcohol addiction, checking into a rehab is the best way to get clean. If they are homeless, it’s important to bring this up during the initial meeting. The facility will ask if there is any chance that a friend or relative will allow them to use their mailing address for correspondence. There is a chance that some loved ones will allow this if they see the person is legitimately trying to get help for themselves.
If the addict does not have an address for paperwork, the facility will generally overlook this detail. A rehab facility is there to help every addict that they can, homeless or not. They are also used to helping addicts who have found themselves alone on the streets. Once they have completed the program, many newly-clean residents are often set up with a new sober living arrangement. In this case, an address can then be provided for the paperwork.
Why a Recovery Center is Crucial for Recovery
Whether or not you have a physical mailing address will not matter while you are in recovery. Addiction isn’t just psychological. Addicts experience mild to severe physical symptoms during withdrawal that should always be monitored by a doctor. The longer the addiction, the more severe the symptoms. Being in a controlled environment with constant monitoring will help the body come off of the drugs and alcohol it has been used to. Those who are not carefully monitored in a safe place often backslide and use it again. That is why a reputable recovery center is always a better option than detoxing alone.
Once detox is over, the addict can then proceed on their personal road to recovery. A facility will offer many forms of therapy, from personal therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Residents will have the chance to talk to others about their trials and tribulations in a safe, secure place.
Get Help Today
If you do not have a permanent address at the moment, don’t worry. We can help find you a place in our facility and give you the help that you need. Give us a call today at 440-252-3565 to learn more about our program and services.